Fans hoping for a new The Last Jedi trailer at Disney’s D23 Expo might have left the Anaheim Convention Center feeling a little cold, had it not been for a juicy behind the scenes reel about the making of the next installment of the Star Wars saga.
Director Rian Johnson was joined on stage by the rest of his cast before hitting play on the footage, which began with the necessary shots of half-built sets and talking-head sound bites from the movie’s major payers. We also see the bevy of new ships, aliens and locations that are about to become part of the larger Star Wars lore.
But hanging over all of it was the death of Carrie Fisher. The footage leans pretty heavily on shots of Fisher shooting what ultimately became the final movie of her career, a stark reminder that her untimely death will continue to loom larger and larger as we inch closer to the film’s Christmas release date.
We know that Fisher finished shooting her scenes for The Last Jedi before she died, but it’s unknown whether or not she signed to appear in the final film of the new trilogy. If the filmmakers were planning on writing her into the next film’s script, they’ll need to change course after LucasFilm confirmed in a statement that it won’t CGI Fisher into the film.
“We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa,” the statement read. “Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.”
While that’s certainly good news for anyone who was creeped out by the CGI version of young Princess Leia in Rogue One, it’s hard to accept that after The Last Jedi, we’ll never see a big screen version of her again.
Speaking of Leia, she was just one of six characters who got their own posters in another one of the weekend’s big reveals. Check them out below.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15. Watch the making of reel below.